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Mar
02
1 of 1 Dodge Viper

This radical vinyl-wrapped Viper was on display at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show to promote the Viper 1 of 1 program.

At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Consumer Guide sat down with Dodge President and Chief Executive Officer Tim Kuniskis. With the brand being repositioned as Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s American performance division, we wanted to learn more about the future of this century-old marque. This is part two of that interview. Click here for part 1.

Feb
27
Dodge Hellcat Challenger

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Consumer Guide sat down with Dodge President and Chief Executive Officer Tim Kuniskis. With the brand being repositioned as Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s American performance division, we wanted to learn more about the future of this century-old marque. 

Feb
23
New Ram Pickup Grille

Ram Laramie Limited grilles: before (above) and after (bottom). 

In 2011, Dodge pickup trucks became Ram pickup trucks, ending the Dodge brand’s 82-year tradition of truck sales. The split came as Dodge marketing types sought to separate its cars and SUVs from what would soon become a full line of commercial vehicles. Today the Ram brand includes light- and heavy-duty pickups, plus ProMaster and ProMaster City commercial vans and chassis cabs.

Feb
20
1995 Chevrolet Caprice

Identify this 1990 car, and four more below.

You know the drill–we give you an abstract portion of a brochure page, and you have to guess the vehicle featured. For this quiz, we’re featuring the cars of 1995. All the vehicles in question were available for sale in the U.S. We can also tell you that none of the cars here are especially rare, obscure, or of a kit-car nature.

Feb
17
2015 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab

Consumer Guide’s test Chevrolet Colorado arrived in crew cab Z71 trim. Including the destination charge, our test truck came to $36,710.

2015 Audi Q52015 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Z71 Crew Short Box

Class: Compact Pickup Truck

Dates tested: 2/02/2015 – 2/10/2015

Miles Driven: 424

Fuel Used: 24.4

Feb
16
1986 Pontiac Grand Am

1986 Pontiac Grand Am LE

It would be difficult to find another Eighties car that better illustrated the occasional gap between auto-critic opinion and actual sales than the Pontiac Grand Am. 

Feb
05
Snow-covered Trofeo

1. Can you identify this snow-bound coupe? One clue: Hamtramck.

Several days after what Chicago weathercasters have dubbed the fifth- or sixth-worst snowstorm in city history, the Consumer Guide® staff has made note of a surprising number of vehicles still buried under hardening layers of the white stuff.

Feb
03
1985 Mecedes-Benz 190E and 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

Three decades later, Mercedes’ entry-level CLA250 costs little more than did the 1985 190E. But, there’s more to the story…

Question: How much would the new Mercedes-Benz CLA250 cost had Toyota never launched the Lexus brand?

Answer: About $65,000.

Jan
30
Sergio Marchionne

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne

DETROIT – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne met with the press at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. Presented here are highlights of that conversation.

Jan
19
Infiniti Q60 Concept

Infiniti Q60 Concept

It may well end up being toned down somewhat for production, but the Q60 concept coupe Infiniti unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show was a decided stunner.

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